How NOT to Gain Weight

As those who read my articles on any regular basis know, I have a very tall son (6′ 5 1/2″) who is trying valiantly to gain weight. In order to help him with this I basically just tell him to do the opposite of what I advise my clients and…

The Key to Health: Forgiveness

“There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed.”  Karen Swartz, MD We know that unforgiveness is caused by chronic anger (even low-grade anger), and creates numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and diabetes, among…

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Only if you spend it correctly. Perhaps not what you expected me to say. But here’s the catch: You can only “buy” happiness if you spend your money on time, travel and experiences, or others, according to science. 1. Time: The first study (1) discovered that those working people who…

Best Happiness Hack Ever

This is brilliant and so simple. Perhaps from an unlikely source. How much less stressful would our lives be if we could let go of our perceptions of what others think of us? Most of us spend a good bit of our energy and emotion wondering what others are thinking…

Do Calories in = Calories Out?

Maybe calories in don’t always equal calories out. Why can two people eat the exact same thing and one is thin, while the other struggles to lose weight? A huge piece of the puzzle is the need to lower calorie consumption over time in order maintain weight loss. I have…

My Confession

As a fitness and corporate wellness professional, I pretty much walk the talk. I work out every day, coach other people on their fitness and nutrition habits, go to bed at 9:30 most every night, have family dinners most every night, drink alcohol only on occasion, cook from scratch (though…

How to Overcome “Diet Rebellion”

Do you ever think to yourself, “I’m sick of people telling me what I should and shouldn’t eat! I am going to eat whatever I want.”? Then you might have some rebel tendencies. And I have an idea for you. Here is your plan for overcoming “diet rebellion.” Instead of…

You Just Lost Your Last Excuse

“What would it look like for you and me to see every movement as an opportunity to be grateful? To not waste one second of our health?“ Have you met Kristan Seaford? If not, I am giving you fair warning that any excuse you have ever used to avoid going…

Normal BMI with Large Bellies = Increased Risk of Death

Having a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25 or under does not guarantee that we are healthy. People with a normal BMI who carry their weight around the middle are at the highest risk of death from any cause compared to those who are overweight or obese but carry…

What’s the Minimum Strength Training?

You want to do the bare minimum and get results. I get that. So how little strength training can you do, and still see results? Opinions vary, but most research points towards twice a week as a minimum. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a minimum of 10-12…